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>> alan: the u.s. has launched the first tom ahack missiles against libya. the united states has officially entered the conflict in libya. 110 cruise missiles have lit up the skies skies in tripoli. here's more on operation odyssey dawn. >> u.s. missiles such as this one have fired the first salvo against libyan air defenses. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy and his forces step up their assault. >> the video of a libyan war plane shot down by rebels is a preview. war planes destroyed several of the rem scream's tanks. president obama warned moammar gadhafi over scenes like this. civilians were taking casualties. >> eunited states will contribute our unique capabilities at the front end of the mission to protect libyan civilians. >> foreign air forces are expected to carry out many of the attacks. the danish fighter jets arrived at u.s.a. fighter base in sicily. >> the no-fly zone is not in effect. >> we're creating the conditions to be able to set up the no-fly zone. >> while the u.s. is leading the front end of the attack, presiden
. today the u.s. military sent two fire trucks to help battle fires at the fukushima plant. but they haven't been asked to use troops to help. meantime, japan's defense ministry decided against a proposed plan to dump water from helicopters over the badly damaged plants. radiation levels are just too high. you can see in this photo a big hole has opened in the containment vessel around the reactor, and large portions have collapsed. here is more on the plant workers who are putting their own workers putting their own lives in jeopardy to prevent a bigger catastrophe. >> reporter: they are the nameless, brave souls who volunteered or perhaps been asked to be the last line of defense. because they have specific skills and nerves of steel. five workers have already died and two are missing after the latest fire and two dozen are injured. nuclear experts say the skell ton crew are not managers, but probably technicians, men with the schematics of the plant in their head and can fix the clogged vents. they have crawled through the dark mazes, armed with flash lights and radiation detectors wear
to the south of us. we do have a wind advisory up for the bay area, beginning at 9:00 tonight. you can expect gusts close to 45 miles-per-hour, but it's going to be santa cruz, monterey bay, that's where the strongest winds will be. high-wind warning in effect there with gusts close to 60 miles-per-hour and that begins at 9:00. we'll take a another look at the storm coming up. >> alan: the bay area saw a combination of hail, wind, and high surf. we're in pacifica with more. >> reporter: got some crazy weather. we're here at pacifica near the pier. it started to rain heavily a couple minutes ago. there's a high surf advisefully effect right now until 9:00 tonight. we're expecting waves anywhere from 14 to 17 feet, and people are being warned to stay away from the ocean's edge because they could be washed into the ocean by a rogue wave. now let's look and see what the weather system has done the rest of the bay area today. >> this is pea-sized heal falling in santa cruz this morning. this is the racket it makes hitting the roof and deck there was justify hail for children to play in and build a
morning. thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. the situation in japan's crippled nuclear power plan in fukushima daiichi is very unclear after earlier reports of extremely high radiation levels were a ma mistake. radiation level ten million times above normal. he was so alarmed he ran off before taking a second reading to confirm. electric power officials say the number is not credible and they are sorry for the mistake. it's the second apology in two days. >> the second time they make a mistake it is a farce and maybe, they are running a raging a nuclear power plant. >> they say they are taking new samples to get accurate levels. so far no results have been announced. >>> here at home we've had quite a spell of wet, windy weather but get ready for a change. our meteorologist lisa argen is here now with accu-weather forecast. >> good morning. it's been rather rainy and we still have more to go despite rainfall amounts over the average for the season with 36 inches in santa rosa so far. 129% of normal. san francisco doing just fine. over 24 inches. 122% normal and oakland and san jos
officials say there is no indication of radiation danger in the u.s. right now. still they are now taking action at the nation's airports. abc7's janelle wang joins us with what is happening. >> u.s. customs and border protection is now testing some passengers and cargo at some airports around the country. they won't say which airport specifically, but we are hearing reports of los angeles, seattle, dallas and new york. the department of homeland security says so far all tests for radiation are negative. >> in an exercise of caution and just to make sure that everyone remains safe, we are doing screening of passengers and/or cargo if there happens to be even a blip in terms of radiation. we have seen no radiation by the way, even on coming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: right now a forecast by the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty organization shows how the radiation plume from the failing nuclear reactor in japan is drifting across the pacific, over the islands today and then arriving in southern california tomorrow. but experts believe
for joining us. wild wet weather that moved through overnight has knocked out power and knocked down trees throughout the bay area. cecilia vega joins us live with what some folks are waking up to. good morning. >> good morning. a big old mess what they woke up to here. they opened their doors and this is what they are seeing. giant trees came crashing down last night. take a look at this. work crews are out here. trees came toppling down the middle of the road. neighbors say it was a wild night and this is the proof. it's not just hillsborough. before 11:00 last night a tree came trashing down in santa rosa on fountain grove parkway. the back of a car was completely crushed. the wind and rain in san francisco caused havoc all night long. another tree toppled on kezar drive. umbrellas didn't do much at all. it was steady down pour almost throughout the night and they worked to restore power around the bay area but the wet weather and slippery roads and reports of downed lines all over. they were headed to one call of a tree down and we heard them say they spotted to four more these along t
of radiation going to the u.s. you can see hillary clinton met with the foreign minister at a g-8 summit. >> japan is a generous donor to any disaster in the world. the world comes together to support japan in its hour of need. >> eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are on their way to japan, meantime, the navy says more of their crew members were exposed to exposed to very low levels of radiation and had to be decontaminated after delivering food, water and blankets. despite assurance that radiation from japan is highly unlikely to reach the west coast. they local pharmacies have run out of potassium iodide. >> to inject that, the thyroid gland will put you at great risk of thyroid cancer. if you take the tablet, instead of taking the radioactive iodine they will fill your thyroid gland with good iodine and the radioactive iodine respect through. >> the doctor says for us, more important preparation is to have a disaster kit that includes a kit complete with a 30 day supply of all medications you take and a communication plan for your family. >>> millions of people
with livermore less than a quarter inch. we have one more storm system to get through. it will bring us some light rain tomorrow night, then after that, beautiful week ahead. get to that coming up. >> alan: as we showed you, downtown capitola was inundated with a wall of water this morning. lisa amin gulezian is there live to show us what it looked like at its height. >> lisa: alan, things look very different. this morning the water went up to the front steps of the restaurant behind me, and a river of water flowed this this mobile home park. crews have made headway but it's a muddy mess. this is what rushed into downtown capitola this morning two to three feet of muddy, dirty, likely contaminated, water. >> damage has been done. >> lisa: the damage is everywhere. spreading from the mobile home park to capitola village. official says heavy rain and flash flooding are to blame for the wall of water. it happened as crews were repairing a massive storm drain that burst in the same area thursday. as of yesterday it and the sink hole it caused were drying out. >> it's a step backwards. we were pr
to on the witness stand today. legal analyst dean johnson joins us now. you were in the courtroom and watched the jury and very interesting reaction from the e-mail from the jurors. >> normally the juror is impassive but when chris started cross-examining about the hundred thousand fee for playboy interview. i noticed two of female jurors and wouldn't even look at the witness. >> let me ask you this. she started out strong, kimberly bell and then came under fire. what do you think the jury is taking away from this? >> right now, it's about even. kimberly bell gave probably the most relevant testimony we've heard this far saying barry bonds toll her that an elbow injury was due to steroids because his muscles had grown too fast. that was first time that we heard anybody knew that that he was taking steroids. but whether they are going to give it any weight he is still under very intensive cross-examination. >> the afternoon coming up. morning session was riveting. heather ishimaru is inside right now and have more at 5:00 and 6:00. >> in other high profile try in oakland a die witness in chaun
or san francisco and you get to your job on time that's not peak, you want to use caltrain and not drive. >> i ride caltrain almost every day and so does my wife. and we love caltrain. so it's going to be a big deal if there are service cuts and i'm hoping there's a budget solution as soon as possible. the proposal that has received the most comment is the idea to close up to seven stations. belmont is one of the stations on the possible closure list. most riders here find the idea very upsetting. but aaron said he would be willing to drive to the next closest station. >> i don't think it would be a big deal honestly if they cut and save money for caltrain. >> caltrain officials say they hope these cuts would be temporary. they are looking for solutions. >> the only agency in the bay area that doesn't have its own form of revenue. like a tax. one of the long-term solutions we have to look at is can we go to the voters and have them provide money that makes caltrain future assured. >> there won't be a vote today. it should be official proposals and public hearing, all part of the process.
is lockdown because of power problems. eric thomas joins us from there. >> the civic center and the jail as you mentioned are without power but they are among the 250 customers of pg&e who are all without power right now because of what is going on down there. as you can see the tree that is laying down in the middle of the road, that brought down power lines. the jail is on the back-up power and it's working but the jail automatically goes to lockdown during a power failure. that is what has interrupted the service, the rain as you mentioned and raining right now and the wind continuing to bring down a tree at madison and washington in san rafael. so not only the power of the wind involved here but the saturated ground is involved. pg&e crews are on the scene but because of the tree and the winding of the power lines and everything is situated down there, they have no estimate on when the power is going to be restored. once again, people concerned about the jail, auxiliary power is on there. no problems but the jail is on lockdown and inmates are inside their cells. it's raining on and
of damage yesterday. >> we still have a tsunami advisory in effect. but for us here around the bay, a fairly pleasant day ahead. mostly cloudy conditions and i'll tell you when we can expect some rain. >> good morning, everyone. it's 6:00. thanks for joining us. i'm jenelle wang. the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami, an explosion rocked a power plant after authorities warned of a possible core meltdown. a massive blast tore down the walls of one building but the metal-held reactor corey mains intact. four workers are dead though and still major concerns about the reactor leaking radiation. the pressure in the reactor is decreasing. evacuations though have been ordered for 12 miles around the plant. the official death toll from friday's quake is 574 with 600 missing and at least 1100 injured. rob nelson begins our coverage. >> as rescuers search frantically for survivors and fires burn out of control, an explosion rocks a nuclear power plan facing a possible meltdown. footage showed the crumbled remains of one building and puffs of smoke spewing out of the plant. >> this is not good news. if the co
rated. amy hollyfield joins us now with details. >> cheryl, the manager here tells me he has no idea this was happening. he didn't know about it until he got a phone call early this morning. right after that phone call somebody grabbed a piece of paper they wrapped food with and heardly and unexpectedly closed for the day and maybe even longer. >> i got scared and nervous and frozen, you know. they said come here. >> with a roomful of customers eating breakfast and placing cards, about 80 federal, state and local officers moved in on the oaks car club in emeryville. they told the customers not to run, that this is a search of the casino, not the patrons. >> to sit down. there's one maybe who had some papers and got afraid and they checked on her first. >> the f.b.i. confirmed that officers from seven different agencies executed a search and arrest warranty car club as part of an investigation into crime in the pay area. one is the bureau of gambling control. authorities refused to release anymore details. >> hopefully tomorrow we have information we can send off to the public. employ
, they will probably not be able to use the reactor anymore. so, this is the enof that row actor -- end of that reactor's life. >> reporter: japanese authorities are advising residents within 12 miles to evacuate. one expect leaves that could be too lit. >> this may be a children -- cher chernybo expl -- and 12-miles way not be enough. >> he thinks it may take days to stabilize the reactor and it's possible to avert a larger catastrophe, but this emergency is still quite fluid and it's impossible to know what is happening at the power plant. >> alan: we'll continue monitoring that situation. it is still too early to know exactly how many people are dead in yesterday's earthquake and tsunami. the confirmed death toll is 686. but the government says it could be far higher. there are scores of missing, including nearly 10,000 people from one town. we have more from japan. >> reporter: the quake and ensuing tsunami washed away entire towns. bodies are coming ashore, hundreds more are missing. survivors told hair -- the story. i had a neighbor shouting, tsunami is coming. i got out of the house and saw the
into emergency funds for the residents but the homeowners tell us the insurance companies told them since they don't have flood insurance they are not covered for any of this damage. a soils engineer is expected to test the soils and tell these homeowners whether or not their homes have any future at all. >> janelle: several days of rain triggered a mudslide that interrupted the supply of cool drinking water to 160 homes in pleasanton. a water main crashed yesterday evening. crews expect to work through the weekend to repair the damaged rain. they recommend drink bottled water until service is restored. >> a brief break in the rain was badly needed but far from putting folks at ease. it left a muddy makeshift road the only access to their homes. lisa amin gulezian reports that road crews took advantage of that break in the weather to start repairing some of the damage. >> reporter: the people found that normally sound nelson road, they are replaced by these. the sound of recovery, four days after a rockslide shut down nelson road and cut off more than 30 families from the rest of the city
are not expected to make it to the u.s. "good morning america." >> the earlier signs are intestinal tracks. those can look like a stomach flu and when you have all these people evacuated, they have to sort out the difference. >> there are three factors can put you at greater risk. first proximity. how close are you to the release. intention. how much was released and were there any barriers between you and that radiation. and duration. how long were you exposed. president obama says he continues to be heartbroken by the images of japan's devastation and this morning he made a promise. >> the united states will continue to offer any assistance we can as japan recovers from multiple disasters. and we will stand with the people of japan in the difficult days ahead. >> u.s. military aid is slowly arriving but there was a setback today. the u.s. navy had to move several ships away after low radiation. >> the army corps of years plans to use sonar to locate several boats that sank after the waves hit on friday. one of our photographers went on aride with fish and game officials and assess the damage do
the tsunami and earthquake stands at 9,000, another 13,000 shall still missing. >>> hundreds of u.s. military family members are due in the bay area after evacuating japan. chartered flight landed at travis earlier this morning. more than 3500 military family members made the decision to head home. the departure will help reduce the demand for food and water in japan. defense department says the voluntary evacuations will continue for the foreseeable future. >> opening statements are underway in the federal perjury trial of barry bonds. he wab indicted 2007 accused of lying to a grand jury for obstruction testifying that he never knowingly took drugs. >> reporter: the first witnesses will be called to the stand shortly. right now the defense is wrapping up opening statements. prosecution spoke earlier today for about 45 minutes. legal analyst dean johnson has been following the trials. >> think the opening statements have to go to the defense. the defense attorney al ruby did what he should have done. he set a theme, barry bonds testified before the grand jury, he employed useful information,
is to get boats off the harbor floor. one method involves the use of giant air bags. >> large balloons you put underneath or cranes. >> reporter: those hardest hits or those with insurance are wondering how long. >> two or three months before we'll see a nickel. so people who have lost our homes on the dock, what are re going to do? >> reporter: there's a lot of heartache and unanswered questions, but the cleanup is well underway. the first boat pulled was just hauled away a few moments ago, there is a strong smell of diesel in the air, but that fuel is being mopped up. abc-7 news. >> alan: thank you. the u.s. coast guard surveyed the damage in crescent city by helicopter, and they provided this footage for us. at least six boats are confirmed sunk and docks and moorings have been destroyed. repeated surges tossed beats for 24 hours. the harbor master estimates damage to be between 25 to $25 million. appears to be a more significant event than the last tsunami to hit kris crescent city in 2006. >>> a bay area man's attempt to fly back here from tokyo. those who made it back were greet with
storm. >> good morning. it is saturday. thanks for joining us. i'm janelle wang. fire crews are on the scene of a fire that destroyed a maintenance facility in the east bay hills. a caretaker at the corporation yard spotted the flames coming from an auto shop around 3:45 this morning. fire crews decided to let the building burn because of hazardous chemicals stored inside. two parked cars in a the shop were destroyed. one parked fire truck was also damaged. east bay park officials say the fire is sill burning at this hour so investigators haven't had a chance to look inside. there are no reports of injuries fortunately. >> more wet weather is on the way. yesterday's storm packed a punch. we spotted at least six lightning strikes in a 15 minute span from mount sutro cam. lightning reported in pacifica and san rafael. leagues slees here to tell us what is no store. >> behind the system right now and we are poised to get very wet, very windy conditions tonight. right now we are looking at the heaviest rain in the north bay, the central bay, but beginning to fill in all across t
. jenelle wang joins us with more. >> that's right, cheryl. we're hearing reports over 400 dead and nearly 90,000 missing but those numbers are expected to rise rapidly because entire towns have been wiped out. we saw people running for their lives unable to escape the tsunami which can clock speeds of up to 500 mph. >> it was 2:46 friday afternoon local time when japan's largest earthquake ever recorded, a magnitude 8.9, hit off the country's northeastern coast. what soon followed looked like a hollywood movie, a massive tsunami wiping out small towns, roads, farming fields and hundreds of homes. a wall of muddy water filled with cars, trucks and boats. the hardest hit were the north even part of the country 240 miles north of tokyo. police reported at least 300 bodies. in okinawa city 300 homes washed away in an instant. after that destructive fires burning out of control, entire neighborhoods on fire. oil refineries shooting flames high into the air for hours. several nuclear power plants shut down because of system failures. the terror lasted for hours with dozens of aftershocks with m
, one from the d.a.'s office, one from the attorney general, one from the u.s. attorney, and the san bruno police department to investigate any possible -- to investigate pg&e for any possible civil or criminal violations relating to the pipeline explosion. there is still a long road ahead for this neighborhood. damaged homes are still being repaired. some neighbors whose homes were destroyed or still months or more away from rebuilding and neighbors tell us at least four will not rebuild here. some victims are still recovering in the hospital. when neighbors gather here tonight to mark the time of the rupture, 6:11 p.m. they say they will be thinking of the human loss. legal consultant dean johnson says the d.a.'s investigation is sending a message. >> one of the problems with prosecution generally is big corporations get a pass on what might be criminal investigations. i think the new d.a. is sending a message that that's not going to be the case with his office; that if a big corporation could be suspect of criminal activity, they're going to look into it and they're going to make
a good daisy ♪ have a good daisy >>> good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. you can add an erupting volcano facing japan. a volcano erupted in southern japan spewing ash and lava but the major threat is the growing nuclear crisis in the aftermath of last weeks killer quake. they say japan has declared a state of emergency at an earthquake affected nuclear plant where higher permitted levels of radioactivity was seen a precaution in case a radioactive cloud escapes from the plant located 124 miles away from tokyo. a partial meltdown occurred yesterday at number one reactor. there is a hydrogen bubble of the number three reactor which could lead to an explosion. a shortage of electricity means power is being rationed with rolling blackouts in tokyo and other cities. >> reporter: this is could be the worst nuclear disaster since chernobyl 25 years ago. >> we're not out of the woods yet. >>. >> reporter: they say partial melt downs could have occurred at two reacters and they are facing problems at three more. >> first, the back-up systems failed. the pumps and electricity w
of 30 years. paintings were destroyed. what used to be in the storage room, floated into the showroom. what could be salvaged is driving on the sidewalk outside. >> the water came in and the boxes in the warehouse floated in here. just like a lake. >> reporter: he thinks his losses could be in the millions, and he is not alone. the rain overwhelmed a drainage pipe that runs underneath the mobile home park. two days later, most of cap to la -- capitola village was underwater. now the cleanup begins. >> somebody should be liven -- should be liable. all these people haven in flooded and all the damage could have been preventible. >> residents say they're used to living with floods but never seen anything like this. it still remains to be seen whether it will be classified a flood or a casualty caused by an overburdened pipe. >> city officials say it will take days to figure out the costs. the cost to replace the pipeline could reach a million dollars. city crews are working to get it fixed before it starts raining again. >> alan: inspectors were in san pablo again today, monitoring six h
report at abc7news.com. e-mail them to us at kgotv tv.com. >> this rain has been relentless. let's get a check on the rain totals so far with leigh glaser. >> leigh: the storm that gave us the rain this morning has moved to the east. checking on live doppler 7hd. a few cells remaining. you can see a little bit of moisture heading over towards dixon, and in the east bay, looking at this cell over the 205, and that is thinning out. rainfall totals quite impressive, especially south. santa cruz, over two inches of rain. north bay, st. helena, over an inch. close to an inch in mill valley. over an inch in oakland and lesser amounts livermore valley and san jose. more rain is in our accuweather forecast for tomorrow. i promise after that you're really going to like the forecast. >> alan: thank you very much, leigh. there's more to see in marin county, a rockslide is forcing evacuations from three homes. tomas roman is in mill valley. >> reporter: we're here on miller avenue in mill valley. the slide happened up on the hill on it -- ethel avenue. the mud was stopped before it reached miller avenue.
was heavily damaged and the drier had to be -- driver had be to pulled out. caltrans used sand to clean up the fuel leak. traffic was back to normal by 1:30. >>> in the last two weeks the average price for regular gallon is up 33-cents a gallon. the second biggest tries increase on record, surpassed only by the jump after hurricane katrina. in south san francisco, we spotted premium gas as high as 4.60. the white house is concerned the soaring gas prices to slow the economic recovery and could dip into reserves. >> the issue of reserve is is something we're considering, something that is done on very rare occasions. there's a bunch of factors that have to be looklook at. >> alan: diesel is up an average of 29-cents a gallon. gas in san francisco is 3.94. the record high over $4 set in june of 2008. when the price of fuel rises, the thrifty get busy. there's some things you can do to save gas courtesy of the walls "wall street journal" shop around. prices near the freeway are higher. take heavy stuff out of your car. use cruise control. and avoid idling or stop and go situations, which eat
for these residents but the home owners tell us their insurance companies told them since they don't have flood insurance they're not covered for any of this damage. a soils engineer is expected to test the soils and tell these home owners whether or not their homes have any future at all. in san pablo, i'm tomas roman, abc 7 news. >> several days of rain triggered a mudslide that has interrupted the supply of clean drinking water to 160 homes in pleasanton. a water main cracked along pleasanton ridge. crews are expected to work through the weekend to repair the damaged main. they recommend that residents drink bottled water until full water service is restored. brief break in the rain last night was badly needed but far too short to put folks in scotts valley at ease. a rock slide on nelson road cut them off from the rest of the city leaving a muddy makeshift road their only access to their homes. abc 7's lisa gleason reports that road crews in scotts valley took a break in the weather to start repairing some of the damage. >> the peaceful sounds that normally surround scotts valley are repla
. >> terry mcsweeney joins us from antioch. >> reporter: president of the union that represents the public works department doesn't like the way the city council is negotiating with the different unions. it sees the police department getting a good deal and members of the police department not so much. center of the controversy, these are the public works union employees, people that take care of streets and parks. they are making concessions but police are not kicking in their fair share. police are only being asked to contribute 3% toward their pension and raises deferred until then. the public works union has accepted to 10% pay cut and reduced hours and agreed to much more. >> wave deferred a 3% pay raise, city is asking us to do more, to extend our contract with three years, with no pay raise until 2013 and pay an additional 7-8% toward retirement. at the same time they haven't got the same type of things from the police association. >> city manager sent us a an e-mail, after tuesday night, they, meaning local one, will be one of seven labor unions where we don't have an agreement unt
for joining us. i'm carolyn tyler. its wet sunday morning. let's check in with kristine hanson, in this morning for lisa argen. >> good morning. we do have a soggy day around the bay area. we are starting to see skies clear a bit in the north bay, about half to three-quarter inches of rain so far this morning and we're seeing downpours in san francisco. it will be spotty shower activity. some of the heaviest rain is still in the east bay at this time just to the west, east of tracy. we've got rain up in concord, vallejo, 80 is clear at this point but 24 is busy. we're going to have snow and chain requirements in the sierra. we'll have the accu-weather seven-day forecast coming up. >>> a big rig crash in san francisco has the approach to the lower deck of the bay bridge virtually blocked right now. the chp says it won't be cleared up until 11:00 this morning at the earliest. a traffic alert has been on issued for the safeway truck. it's blocking three lanes of the lower deck. the front end of the rig is heavily damaged trapping the driver inside. caltrans is also dispatching cre
emphasized the united states is scaling back their involvement there. >> the u.s. will provide capabilities that others can't provide in kind or in scale. there will be no american boots on the ground in libya. >> this morning, a senior libyan official announced he is resigning his post. this is the second resignation in gadhafi's regime in the last few areas. >> the groundwater underneath the reactor has 10,000 times radiation levels. the company doesn't believe drinking water is affected. contaminated water has been cooling at the damaged nuclear plant. radioactive water has already leak into the ocean. >> the government wants people to stop participating in a water recreational activity. it's called water walking. there is a risk of suffocation or even drowning in knees inflatable balls. they are concerned about too little oxygen in them. there is no emergency exit. the only way it can be opened is by a person on the outside. they are popular at parks and malls. >> great day on for swimmers. >> let's take a look outside. 11:13 this morning, we're looking at san francisco and we're alread
're using tricycles to take pictures. their priuses just can't go because of heightened trails or amusement parks. they came up with that idea visiting the cobblestone alleys of europe. they photograph when property owners opt into the program. >> meteorologist mike nicco ahead with the forecast. >> really nice outside if you love sunshine and mild temperatures as we look from south beach back to the east. you can see the clouds are getting thicker. those are ahead of a storm system though. brings us some pretty wet and windy weather. even some downed trees. i'll tell you about it in a minute. >> thanks, mike. also, he's not done yet. charlie sheen opens up about his unconventional family life. the girlfriends, he says, are mother figures to his twin boys. >> the first class tickets these lucky puppies got in hope of finding a new home. [ female announcer ] here are some great reasons to switch to at&t. [ spokesman ] we make it easy for you to compare at&t to cable. so what's the difference? at&t's just a better bundle. see for yourself. [ female announcer ] call to get u-verse tv and inter
150 people that did not have work now do. vicki checky was tearing up as she told us her journey from unemployed to employed. >> it took me 11 months to find this job. i saw the sign j.c. penney was coming soon and i hit the brakes and i took a breath and i went home and online. >> jobs, jobs, jobs has been the mantra of the new congress but also the month tra of state, county leaders also. >> the sales tax revenue which the city is going to generate in these lean economic times is extraordinarily helpful in terms of providing services that out residence desire. >> things are getting better but not as fast as we would like it. >> at the employment center there are smiles but not exactly jubilation. there are many people half been out of work a year or more and many going back to work are doing so at a reduced rate. >> occupations that were 15 to 20 dollars an hour five years ago are paying 11 or $10 an hour but at least there are more jobs out there today. i'm thankful for that. >> and vicki who just got that job after an 11-month search, she had been in the grocery business for 35 ye
, but the rotation off the coast still bringing us wave and wave of moisture across the bay area. some of these producing breezes, very heavy rainfall. this cell moved from the walnut creek area. brentwood and livermore seeing moderate rain. this just push through san jose. rainfall, the higher elevations of the north bay, over three inches. mill valley, over an inch. san jose, almost an inch. i have to tell you, it was the wind last night, wasn't it? here's some peak wind gusts, occurring between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. loss got as -- los gotas. golden gate bridge, 54. the high winds have subsided but more rain is due in here in the next 24 hours. >> alan: as we mentioned, thousands of bay area homes are still without power after the storm knocked it out. by far the worst outages are in the north bay. 9,000 customers are without power, including 3300 in corte madera. another 115 outages are scattered in the bay area. pg&e has crews working around the clock, and many broken poles have to be replaced. it hopes to have most power restored by this evening. >>> the storm took the life of a napa
injuries are not life-threatening. >> he was waiting for us to arrive. >> was there a typical sunday morning paper? >> we don't know. his newspaper was on his coffee table so wasn't necessarily his newspaper but a newspaper there, or could have been a package. >> i was in the backyard playing basketball with my son. i heard a big explosion, i thought it was a shot gun. >> looked like his finger -- already picked up. leg, concussion might have went out instead of up. it was a loud noise. >> reporter: dozens of homes were evacuated. the city made automated calls to everyone in vacaville, washing them not to pick up their up in and report any suspicious items they may have seen. this afternoon police have been running around answering calls from residents, concerned they may have seen something suspicious. authorities say no other explosive devices have been found. they are warning residents to be very vigilant about what they see. authorities believe this was an isolated incident. they have no indication that this map was specifically targeted, and have no suspects in the case. they're
coming up. >> thanks so much for joining us. it's 8:00 right now who this saturday morning. i hope you are having a good day so far. >> there is new down side to the housing market in the iron triangle. vacant and foreclosed properties are turning into garbage dumps. as soon as they clean up one trash this one yard another one pops up. tomas ramon has more. >> this is the horror. she lives next to the empty lot in richmond's iron triangle. >> i see people coming in with trucks. they dump rubble, they dump couches, everything. >> today it's garbage that sits next to her home. food and clothes and other trash that she says is unhealthy. >> i call all the time about this. it has rats and mice. >> it's a constant battle to keep the area clean. >> how long have you been here? >> three years. >> how long has the problem been going on? >> three years. >> she complained directly to richmond city councilman. he was showing spots where illegal dumping is common place. >> foreclosed homes, vacant homes, allies like this, people are out there doing like this they don't want to pay the fees to go t
with full reservoirs so we can use the water all summer long, all fall, until next rainy season. >> alan: the winds have died down but we had some huge gusts. leigh glaser here to talk about that. >> leigh: we'll get to that. let's turn our attention to live doppler 7hd. it's not quite over yet. the frontal system has actually stalled, moving very slowly towards the east. we have some heavy showers making their way into the east bay. antioch, brentwood, rio vista getting ready to get hit with moderate rain, check out north of milpitas. this batch of rain moving towards the east and will continue to move in towards the fremont area in the next 10 to 15 minutes. let's do take a look at the peak wind gusts. this happened right after the front moved through between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 in the important. point san pablo, 70 miles-per-hour win gusts. novato, 60 miles-per-hour. angel eye -- island, 60 wind gusts. so clearly with the saturated soil, with these heavy, heavy winds, you can see why we had so much damage. more rain in the extended forecast. that's coming up. >> alan: let's tak
of the storm. take a look at this scene sent to us by molly in pleasanton. that is her car under a fallen tree. in san carlos another viewer sent us this shot of a newly fallen tree resting in a pool. speaking of pools of water, another viewer sent this pool of water in santa cruz last night. if you have weather videos, upload them to ureport at www.abc7.com or e-mail them to us. >> we have other news ahead. nato takes control of operations in libya as the country says they are ready to negotiate. >> in japan the situation as nuclear reactor gets worse >>> libyan prime minister says his country is ready to talk with opposition rebels and accept political reforms possibly including elections as nato gets ready to take control of the no-fly zone in libya. the u.s. general in charge of the operation will hand the job over to a canadian and today france declared libya's air space under control. >> japan's prime minister is calling the nuclear theft as biggest yet. experts suspect there has been damage to the nuclear reactor core. workers had to be returned to the hospital with radiation burn
. >> thanks, christina. 6:00 this saturday morning. thanks for joining us. i'm jenelle wang. there's a new down side to the collapse of the housing market. the iron triangle, vacate and foreclosed property are turning into garbage dumps. as soon as they clean up one, another one pops up somewhere else. thomas rahman has more. >> horrible. >> this is the horror. gloria jackson lives next to this empty lot on fifthth and businessel street on the iron triangle. >> people come in with trucks. they dump lumber, they dump couches, everything. >> today it's garbage that sits next to her home, food, clothes and other trash which she says is not only ugly but unhealthy. >> i call all the time to tell them about this, it causes rats and mice. it's a constant battle to keep the area clean. >> how long have you lived here? >> three years. >> how long has this problem been going on. >> three years. >> he was shown the spots throughout the area where illegal dumping has become commonplace like this alleyway. >> the bank's foreclosed homes, vacate property, alleys like this. it's just people who are out
to the contra costa county narcotics team scandal. the investigation claims female decoys were used to trap men. a police officer on the trache, and a private investigator. >> reporter: stephen tanabi was contracted to work patrol here in danville. he is now in a martinez jail being held on $260,000 bail. this popular danville is one -- danville location is where decompanies -- decompanied plied member with licker, and then the one-half -- they were arrested for driving drunk. is was meant to tarnish backgrounds of men going through court proceedings. he was hired by an a private investigator to make arrests. it was a scandal that landed butler and the former commander of the team, normal welsh in jail. >> it has a huge deterrent value and cops aren't going to do this if they can be arrested and thrown in jail. it's no fun to be a cop in jail. >> they worked at antioch police officers in the late 1990s. he faces charges of weapons possession and conspiracy to possess and sell drugs. butler is accused of stealing drugs from evidence and selling them. the defense cord michael cardoza represents w
steroid use. marvin bernard and randy lardi came to start. he said how he came to know greg anderson. he says he does not recall anderson saying something about the cream or the clear. >> kristen: scientists have found a tree in san francisco with oak disease. this the second time it's been found in the city. the trees near west pacific avenue is one of few native trees in san francisco. they believe it was infected by a plant in a garden of a nearby home. >> cheryl: president obama addresses rising gas prices. the president set an ambitious goal of reducing oil imports by a third while boosting domestic oil production. he also wants to increase the use of biofuels and make vehicles more energy efficient. he said america needs to change its energy culture to make this country more energy sufficient. >> here is the bottom line, there is no quick fixes. anybody that tells you otherwise isn't telling you the truth. we will keep being a victim to shift in the oil market until we get serious about a long term policy for a secure, affordable energy future. >> cheryl: president obama's speech c
us with more. >> republican congressman peter king is leading this hearing. he's also the chair of the house homeland security committee. in his opening statements he condemns the national care organization accusing it of aiding in the radicalzation of the muslim americans, a problem he says is at its highest level since 9/11. no one was around at care's offices in santa clara with you this morning its spokesperson out of new y york reaeacted too congressmaman's p peter king's insinuatioion that thee ororganinization supports terro finanancing in the u u.s. one reasoson? a carere pososter that was foun the bay area. >> named as ununindicted coconsnspiritor in the e case td the holy lanand ffoundatation. leadaders mumust reject discrcr groups s such as care. >> cacare, the c couplple on am islalamic r relatations gaave a for thee poster. . >>>> i don'tt think it says don talk t to the f f.b.i. if they call,, c call us toto h you u understand whahat yoour r arare when confrfronteted by la enforcement. >> says it's just another example of religion being demonized. today's hearing
is gathering off the coast. we'll let you know how long it will be with us later. >> alan: security has been ramped up at caltrans' redwood city station after a group attacked a man waiting for a train. the attack happened at the station on james avenue last night. a group of nine to 15 suspects robbed and beat the 47-year-old san jose resident. anyone with information should contact the san mateo county transit police. >>> the contra costa county sheriff's department says it arrested one of its own deputies. steven tanabi, for conspiracy to possess and sell drugs, all part of a larger investigation that started with the arrest of a contra costa county enforcement team commander normal welsh. this is welsh in court when he plead not guilty to stealing drugs from an evidence locker and selling them. his alleged accomplice, christopher butler, also pleaded not guilty. >> the violence in libya continues tonight. rebel fighters gained ground as forces for moammar gadhafi launched counterattacks. we're live. >> reporter: today, clashes erupted between forces loyal to gadhafi and the rebels in the
agencies will hold a news conference at 10:30 and describe cleanup operations. john alston shows us the incredible force of the tsunami as it slammed into the harbor after traveling across 5,000 miles of ocean. >> the power of the ocean put on repeat performances all day long this wave came barreling through the santa cruz harbor around lunchtime causing more damage and more anxiety. boat owners was one of the lucky ones. >> i was here all day long and watched the surges come in. you don't have any idea the power of the water until you see it in action like this. this is something a lot of people did not expect. >> harbor crews scrambled to coral the last few boats to get loose. one of them had a hunk of a dock attached to its side. it was devastating to the u.c. rowing club that lost all of the shells about 15 boats in all. they were planning a barbecue to raise money so two students could compete in an east coast regatta. just before 5:00 p.m. they opened up the harbor that brought out boat owners checking for damage along for with a crowd of people. >> just watching the carnage h
spirit will always be with us and her love with be in our hearts. elizabeth taylor was 79 old. >> kristen: barbara walters called her an extraordinary friend. she interviewed taylor many times over the years and offer they discussed death, marriage and men. >> you have said that you loved be in love. >> i think i've had it. >> what about marriage? >> -- oh, god, no. >> you've said that before. >> but i now, i really mean. >> it have i ever thought what you wanted on your tombstone? >> she liked to live and, here lies busy let's, she hated being called liz. [ laughter ] >> but she lived. >> now, we have a slide show of elizabeth taylor on the front page of our website at www.abc7.com. >> cheryl: turning to other news. geologists say it's going to take weeks to clear a rock slide. residents have managed to create a temporary road to get their cars in and out and expert geologist will take a look at the slide to see how to clean it up. monday's massive slide could even get worse as rains continues. there will be a meeting at 4:00 on nelson road at the sheriff's communication center to update
. thanks for joining us and yesterday's storm, we spotteded at least 16 lightning strikes from our camera. there was lightning reported at pacifica and san raphael. let's check and see what's in store this weekend. hi lisa. >> yeah, officially our last full day of winter, but really you feel very much like winter right on through next week and shows most of the activity in the north bay and the south bay, highway 1 and highway 101 getting wet here from santa rosa down through grown are park and a little further to the east, they're moving on to san francisco across the bay bridge into oakland and also most of us get well in walnut creek this morning and with some showers and the heavier downpours, down by gill roar and hollister into the santa cruz mountains and we'll see a break this morning and high winds that will begin to gust later on this afternoon into the overnight hours with some more very, very heavy rain right after tomorrow morning. i'll talk about that and a week of very wet weather to come, a little bit later. >> thanks so much lisa. >>
was caused by a gas heater's malfunctioning flue used to vent carbon monoxide. >> well, police are -- the contra costa county sheriff's department says one of its officers has been arrested in connection with the state investigation into stolen drug evidence. the sheriff's department says 47-year-old steven tanabi was arrested for possession of and transfer of an assault rifle along with conspiracy to possess and sell drugs. his arrest follows the arrest of drug task force commander norman welsh and private investigator christopher butler. on monday, welsh pleaded not guilty to charges he stole drugs. >>> police are asking for the public's help in catching a group of suspects they say assaulted and robbed a man at the redwood city cal train station. investigators say a group of nine to 15 suspects carried out a strong-arm robbery of a 47-year-old san jose resident while he was waiting for a southbound caltrain. suspects fled before police arrived. but investigators are following up on potential leads from witn
have good news on the job front. one of the world's largest providers of temporary workers says more u.s. employers plan to add jobs and fewer expect to lay off people. the labor department reports the national unemployment rate fell to almost a two-year low of 8.29%. there are jobs available right now though at the san francisco hire event. carolyn tyler is there. >> we're outside the hotel witcome at 8th and market streets. very busy out here and very busy inside the hotel as they get prepared by this job fair co-spored by abc 7. it kicks off at noon and one of the fliers say the jobs are here. cathy is joining us now. she's with the job journal. good morning to you -- come on in here so i can get a little closer to you. you are the job fair coordinator. >> yes. >> when you say the jobs are here, what kind of jobs are we talking about and. >> we have everything from a lot of information technology positions. we have over 100 of those. we have high-level administrative, customer service, government jobs, education jobs, public safety. a lot of engineering jobs, including civil engineers
of displaced foreign workers are strand at border towns. two u.s. air force cargo planes brought water and blankets to the refugees. the red cross is asking the u.s. for more help. >> what we need mainly are airplanes to bring these people home. >> reporter: there is no sign the battle for control of the city or the humanitarian crisis in libya will end anytime soon. abc news. benghazi. eastern libya. >> alan: back in the bay area police are asking for the public's help in catching a large group of suspects they say assaulted and robbed a man at the redwood city caltrain station-leaving him in critical condition. the attack happened at 7:30 last night at the station on james avenue. investigators say a group of nine to 15 suspects carried out a strong-arm robbery of a 47-year-old san jose resident while he was waiting for a southbound caltrain. the suspects fled before police arrived. but investigators are following up on potential leads. inch. >>> pg&e is launching a grueling round the clock search for every docume
will be rationed will rolling blockouts. >> alan: u.s. crews are arriving in japan to assist in the rescue operations. a disaster response team and two urban search and rescue teams have been dispatched at the request of the japanese government. one team is from los angeles. they will bring a dozen rescue dogs. al standing by off the -- also standing by off the coast is the uss ronald reagan. the deck of the carrier is being used as a staging area to deliver supplies. and the pentagon is sending a second aircraft carrier and an amphibious craft to the area. >> in a travel alert, the state department said americans should avoid tourism and unnecessary visits. despite that, flights are operating between the u.s. and japan. we caught up to several people catching a flight into the city of osaka, which was not impacted. many of them are people trying to get home to family. >> i've been looking online for a couple of friends. have been able to find a couple of them. when youfully japan, you get used to the earthquake but not this magnitude. >> my parents the biggest earthquake they experience,
performing a routine task he using a heat exchanger when the equipment failed. one worker hurt his arm but is expected okay. >> we had an expected release. for some reason it came out. right now we don't understand why that is. >> a worker inside the plant tells "abc 7 news" the flames were huge and the situation was scary. heat from the fire melted a tank containing acid that then spilled. two hazmat teams came in. >> that acid is contained and hazmat teams are in the process of cleaning it up. >> they the tested the water and determined no chemicals leaked out the plant. a crew spent the morning vacuuming the foam used to fight the fire. this is the second fire at this refinery in less than a year. last may it took firefighters about two hours to contain a fire that started at 12:45 in the morning. no one was hurt. this history of problems have residents on edge. >> it's like roaming around in the air. you know what i moon. there was crowd of 60 people earlier. everyone was really concerned about the issue. >> i'm scared. i don't know. >> my focus is today's incident on getting to th
california has arrived at a u.s. air base in northern jail. the los angeles county team and the team from virginia brought along thousands of pounds of equipment and 12 rescue dogs, teams in oakland and menlo park say they're prepared to go if the get the call. >> it's monday morning in japan, the start of the first day of trading on the tokyo stock exchange. analysts have been fearing a nose dive. preliminary estimates put repair costs in the tens of billions of dollars. toyota, nissan and honda have suspended production. sony and to toshiba have temporarily closed len allergic conclude electric tropic -- electronic plants, and now japan is dealing with an erupting volcano. it's spewing ash and rock. it's in southern japan, fair -- far away from the quake zone. japan and our own west coast both lie on the ring of fire, an arc of seismic which i active zone. we have much more ahead on the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in japan, including the passengers leaving sfo for japan today, despite a travel warning by the state department. and the efforts to salvage >> alan: the state depart
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